Blog Voices from the Frontlines

Feb 082017

Humboldt's Finest Sets the Industry Standard in Sustainable Sun Grown Cannabis - Americans for Safe Access

Humboldt's Finest farms are all PFC Verified (Patient Focused Certification), ensuring regulatory compliance and high quality product safety standards are adhered to.

Feb 082017

Medical Marijuana: How You Can Cash in on Pennsylvania's Program - Americans for Safe Access

By Alicia Victoria Lozano for NBC 10

The professional tone, complete with workbooks and PowerPoint presentations, spoke to the future of weed in coming years. Once dismissed as the province of hippies and stoners, cannabis is quickly becoming big business that will generate billions as more states adopt medical marijuana programs or legalize recreational pot.

Feb 082017

Philly To Host Medical Marijuana Training - Americans for Safe Access

By Paul Kurtz for CBS Philadelphia

“It comes with a foundation in core cannabis. What is it, how does cannabis work as a medicine, the conflict between state and federal law that’s required for all our training programs,”- Jahan Marcu

Feb 072017

ASA Activist Newsletter - Feb 2017 - Americans for Safe Access

In the February 2017 Issue:

  • ASA Petition to Fix DEA Falsehoods Passes 100k Mark
  • Review Finds Cannabis is Medicine, More Study Needed
  • Guam Starts Licensing Process, Mandates PFC for businesses
  • Ohio Taking Comment on Proposed Medical Cannabis Rules
  • Florida Officials Propose Rules that Ignore Voters
  • Hawaii Implementing Dispensary Program
  • Medical Cannabis Covered by Workers Comp in New Jersey
  • Germany Makes Cannabis Available by Prescription
  • ASA Activist Profile: Terrie Best, San Diego
  • ACTION ALERT: Register for Unity 2017
Feb 022017

Tommy Chong, Ryan Adams, other marijuana advocates react as Jeff Sessions nomination advances - Americans for Safe Access

By Brooke Edwards Staggs for the Cannifornian

“The confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General would be a five-alarm threat to the more than 2 million medical cannabis patients and 44 state medical cannabis programs across the country. Sessions is an outspoken opponent of medical cannabis — and based off his testimony before the Senate, shows no signs of softening his position. As Attorney General, Sessions would have the exclusive authority to take direct action against medical cannabis patients and programs — something deeply concerning for patients who rely on cannabis treatment.” — Steph Sherer, executive director of Americans For Safe Access

Jan 312017

Lawmakers have doubts that the system to license marijuana sales in California will be in place by deadline - Americans for Safe Access

By Patrick McGreevy for The Los Angeles Times

“I don’t necessarily think it’s a catastrophe if it’s not done exactly on Jan. 1, obviously we want to get it done. If it takes an extra three or four months, that would be fine. I think it’s more important to get right than to do it fast.” - Don Duncan

Jan 302017

Medical Marijuana in 28 States: Impact on Cancer Community - Americans for Safe Access

By Matt Mauney for

“I think that the fears that this country had at the beginning of these laws proved to be unfounded,” Steph Sherer, founder and executive director of Americans For Safe Access (ASA), the nation’s leading medical marijuana advocacy group, told

Jan 302017

Interest in medical cannabis program grows - Americans for Safe Access

By Ken Quintanilla for KUAM News

"This week Public Health announced that prior to receiving an actual permit to operate, all applicants for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and laboratory services must first begin the process of certification from the Patient Focused Certification, a service offered by Americans for Safe Access."

Jan 302017

Petition demands better data on medical marijuana - Americans for Safe Access 

FAIRBANKS — A legal request has also been filed with the U.S. Department of Justice, “demanding that the DEA immediately update misinformation about cannabis,” the group stated in a news release last week. 

Jan 232017

The Perfect Storm That Could Cripple the Marijuana Industry Under Trump - Americans for Safe Access

By Will Yakowicz for Inc.

The marijuana industry is waiting to see how President Donald Trump and his administration will treat the state-regulated marijuana industry. Many entrepreneurs believe he will support states' rights, but a long-time medical marijuana lobbyist says she is "frightened" for the industry's future.

Steph Sherer, founder and executive director of Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit that lobbies to support medical marijuana patients, told Marijuana Business Daily that she is not optimistic about the future of the marijuana industry.